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Suppose I want to left justify all my tables to a certain vertical line (MWE):

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,oneside]{memoir}

\pagestyle{plain}

\usepackage{fontspec}
%\usepackage{changepage}

\setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Serif}
\setsansfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Sans}
\setmonofont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Mono}

\newcommand{\leftpadding}{1cm}

\begin{document}

    \chapter{}

    All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in our Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws. The river Garonne separates the Gauls from the Aquitani; the Marne and the Seine separate them from the Belgae. 

    \medskip\begin{adjustwidth}{\leftpadding}{0cm}
        \raggedright{Caption}\\
        \renewcommand*{\arraystretch}{1.4}
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}[c]{|c|c|}

            \hline
            {Alfa}
            & {Bravo}
            \\\hline

            {Charlie}
            & {Delta}
            \\\hline

        \end{tabular}
    \end{adjustwidth}

    \bigskip
    Of all these, the Belgae are the bravest, because they are furthest from the civilization and refinement of [our] Province, and merchants least frequently resort to them, and import those things which tend to effeminate the mind.

    \medskip\begin{adjustwidth}{\leftpadding}{0cm}
        \raggedright{Another Caption}\\
        \renewcommand*{\arraystretch}{1.4}
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}[c]{|c|c|}

            \hline
            {Longer Echo}
            & {Long Foxtrot}
            \\\hline

            {Golf}
            & {Hotel}
            \\\hline

        \end{tabular}
    \end{adjustwidth}

    \bigskip
    They are the nearest to the Germans, who dwell beyond the Rhine, with whom they are continually waging war; for which reason the Helvetii also surpass the rest of the Gauls in valor.

\end{document}

This solution works, but I want more flexibility. How, for instance, am I to redefine \leftpadding to center all the tables at once? It should be possible, at least in two passes. The option of right justifying wouldn't hurt, too. Entirely different solutions to the same purpose are also welcome.

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  • You shouldn't use \raggedright{Caption} since then you can't label and reference those tables.
    – Skillmon
    Apr 20, 2017 at 11:53
  • I shouldn't, yes. First things first, though. I'm in search for a good, LaTeX way solution. Apr 20, 2017 at 12:35
  • I don't quite get what you want. Do you want the tables only to be indented on the left but take the full width to the right in the first case? And when centered, should they be able to obtain the whole width but just centered? And for right-aligned, should they be indented from the right margin and take the full width? All the above for both, the caption and the tabular? What if the entered tabular is too wide for the defined spacing? etc.
    – Skillmon
    Apr 20, 2017 at 15:35
  • No, I want them to stay as wide as they are. Yes, I want the tables indented from the left margin as in the MWE, or from the right margin, or centered. All of the above by changing one definition (presumably \leftpadding). The captions are to follow suit gracefully. All the tables are presumed no wider then the text width. Apr 20, 2017 at 17:31

1 Answer 1

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Though I don't quite get what you want, here is a solution (which hopefully fits your needs) using the pgfkeys-package. I made the captions in a way, that they can be labeled (using the label= key) but they don't use the \caption command internally. Also it doesn't use your command \leftpadding but the padding-key.

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,oneside]{memoir}

\pagestyle{plain}

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
%\usepackage{fontspec}
%\usepackage{changepage}

%\setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Serif}
%\setsansfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Sans}
%\setmonofont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Mono}

\usepackage{pgfkeys}
\makeatletter
\newif\if@placedleft
\newif\if@placedright
\newif\if@placedmiddle
\newif\if@placedcapused
\newif\if@placedscapused
\newif\if@placedlabused
\newdimen\@placedpadding
\newdimen\@placedrest
\pgfkeys{/placedt/.is family,/placedt,
    default/.style={% change the default settings here
        place=left,
        stretch=1.4,
        padding=1cm,
    },
    stretch/.estore in=\arraystretch,
    place/.is choice,
        place/left/.code=\@placedlefttrue\@placedrightfalse\@placedmiddlefalse,
        place/right/.code=\@placedrighttrue\@placedleftfalse\@placedmiddlefalse,
        place/middle/.code=\@placedmiddletrue\@placedleftfalse\@placedrightfalse,
    padding/.estore in=\@placedpadding,
    caption/.code=\@placedcapusedtrue\def\@placedcap{#1},
    scaption/.code=\@placedscapusedtrue\def\@placedscap{#1},
    label/.code=\@placedlabusedtrue\def\@placedlab{#1},
}

\newenvironment{placedtabular}[2][]{%
    \par\medskip\noindent\begin{minipage}{\textwidth}%
        \pgfkeys{/placedt, default, #1}%
        \if@placedleft%
            \@placedrest=\textwidth%
            \advance\@placedrest by -\@placedpadding%
            \hskip\@placedpadding%
            \begin{minipage}{\@placedrest}%
                \raggedright%
        \else\if@placedmiddle%
            \centering%
        \else\if@placedright%
            \@placedrest=\textwidth%
            \advance\@placedrest by -\@placedpadding%
            \begin{minipage}{\@placedrest}%
                \raggedleft%
        \fi\fi\fi%
        \if@placedcapused%
            \refstepcounter{table}%
            \tablename~\thetable: \@placedcap%
            \if@placedscapused%
                \addcontentsline{lot}{table}{\@placedscap}%
            \else%
                \addcontentsline{lot}{table}{\@placedcap}%
            \fi%
            \if@placedlabused%
                \label{\@placedlab}%
            \fi%
            \\[0.2\baselineskip]%
        \fi%
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}{#2}%
    }{
        \end{tabular}%
        \if@placedmiddle\else%
            \end{minipage}%
        \fi%
    \end{minipage}%
    }
\makeatother

\newcommand{\leftpadding}{1cm}

\begin{document}
\listoftables

    \chapter{}

    All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in our Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws. The river Garonne separates the Gauls from the Aquitani; the Marne and the Seine separate them from the Belgae. 

    \begin{placedtabular}[caption=Caption,label=tab:first]{|c|c|}
            \hline
            {Alfa}
            & {Bravo}
            \\\hline

            {Charlie}
            & {Delta}
            \\\hline
    \end{placedtabular}

    \medskip\begin{adjustwidth}{\leftpadding}{0cm}
        \raggedright{Caption}\\
        \renewcommand*{\arraystretch}{1.4}
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}[c]{|c|c|}

            \hline
            {Alfa}
            & {Bravo}
            \\\hline

            {Charlie}
            & {Delta}
            \\\hline

        \end{tabular}
    \end{adjustwidth}

    \bigskip
    Of all these, the Belgae are the bravest, because they are furthest from the civilization and refinement of [our] Province, and merchants least frequently resort to them, and import those things which tend to effeminate the mind.

    \begin{placedtabular}[caption=Another Caption,label=tab:second]{|c|c|}
            \hline
            {Longer Echo}
            & {Long Foxtrot}
            \\\hline

            {Golf}
            & {Hotel}
            \\\hline
    \end{placedtabular}
    \medskip\begin{adjustwidth}{\leftpadding}{0cm}
        \raggedright{Another Caption}\\
        \renewcommand*{\arraystretch}{1.4}
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}[c]{|c|c|}

            \hline
            {Longer Echo}
            & {Long Foxtrot}
            \\\hline

            {Golf}
            & {Hotel}
            \\\hline

        \end{tabular}
    \end{adjustwidth}

    \bigskip
    They are the nearest to the Germans, who dwell beyond the Rhine, with whom they are continually waging war; for which reason the Helvetii also surpass the rest of the Gauls in valor.

\end{document}

EDIT: Note that I have slightly altered the above code.

Usage of the placedtabular-environment is just like a normal tabular except, that in the optional argument you can use a comma seperated key=value syntax. The following keys are alailable:

  • stretch: the value used for arraystretch
  • place: the placement of the table. Available are left, right and middle
  • padding: the space to the left or right margin with place=left or place=right, respectively
  • caption: the caption used for the table
  • scaption: the table-name for the \listoftables, if not used caption is used. If caption is not used, this doesn't have any effect.
  • label: the label used for referencing the table

When you use one of these keys in a placedtabular-environment, the effects are only local and don't affect any other table set with this environment.

From the aforementioned keys place, stretch and padding have a default value, which are set in between the brackets of default/.style={...} which is used inside the first call of \pgfkeys in the above MWE. There is also the comment 'change the default settings here'.

EDIT2: The below code is everything inbetween of \makeatletter and \makeatother and doesn't set 'table x.y' infront of the caption. Because of this, I also removed the label-key as referencing won't work with this.

\makeatletter
\newif\if@placedleft
\newif\if@placedright
\newif\if@placedmiddle
\newif\if@placedcapused
\newif\if@placedscapused
%\newif\if@placedlabused
\newdimen\@placedpadding
\newdimen\@placedrest
\pgfkeys{/placedt/.is family,/placedt,
    default/.style={%
        place=left,
        stretch=1.4,
        padding=1cm,
    },
    stretch/.estore in=\arraystretch,
    place/.is choice,
        place/left/.code=\@placedlefttrue\@placedrightfalse\@placedmiddlefalse,
        place/right/.code=\@placedrighttrue\@placedleftfalse\@placedmiddlefalse,
        place/middle/.code=\@placedmiddletrue\@placedleftfalse\@placedrightfalse,
    padding/.estore in=\@placedpadding,
    caption/.code=\@placedcapusedtrue\def\@placedcap{#1},
    scaption/.code=\@placedscapusedtrue\def\@placedscap{#1},
}

\newenvironment{placedtabular}[2][]{%
    \par\medskip\noindent\begin{minipage}{\textwidth}%
        \pgfkeys{/placedt, default, #1}%
        \if@placedleft%
            \@placedrest=\textwidth%
            \advance\@placedrest by -\@placedpadding%
            \hskip\@placedpadding%
            \begin{minipage}{\@placedrest}%
                \raggedright%
        \else\if@placedmiddle%
            \centering%
        \else\if@placedright%
            \@placedrest=\textwidth%
            \advance\@placedrest by -\@placedpadding%
            \begin{minipage}{\@placedrest}%
                \raggedleft%
        \fi\fi\fi%
        \if@placedcapused%
            \@placedcap%
            \if@placedscapused%
                \addcontentsline{lot}{table}{\@placedscap}%
            \else%
                \addcontentsline{lot}{table}{\@placedcap}%
            \fi%
            \\[0.2\baselineskip]%
        \fi%
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}{#2}%
  }{
      \end{tabular}%
      \if@placedmiddle\else%
          \end{minipage}%
      \fi%
  \end{minipage}%
  }

\makeatother

EDIT3: Complete code (without label and without the Table x.y: prefix) which includes two more options:

  • font are fontswitches applied to the table (stuff like \bfseries, \footnotesize or \small)
  • captionfont are fontswitches applied to the caption

Both have the default to no change to surrounding fontswitches. If used both reset size and font and apply the argument provided.

\documentclass[11pt,a4paper,oneside]{memoir}

\pagestyle{plain}

\usepackage{fontspec}
%\usepackage{changepage}

\setmainfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Serif}
\setsansfont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Sans}
\setmonofont[Mapping=tex-text]{Liberation Mono}

\usepackage{pgfkeys}
\makeatletter
\newif\if@placedleft
\newif\if@placedright
\newif\if@placedmiddle
\newif\if@placedcapused
\newif\if@placedscapused
\newif\if@placedfontused
\newif\if@placedcfontused
\newdimen\@placedpadding
\newdimen\@placedrest
\pgfkeys{/placedt/.is family,/placedt,
    default/.style={%
        place=left,
        stretch=1.4,
        padding=1cm,
    },
    stretch/.estore in=\arraystretch,
    place/.is choice,
        place/left/.code=\@placedlefttrue\@placedrightfalse\@placedmiddlefalse,
        place/right/.code=\@placedrighttrue\@placedleftfalse\@placedmiddlefalse,
        place/middle/.code=\@placedmiddletrue\@placedleftfalse\@placedrightfalse,
    padding/.estore in=\@placedpadding,
    caption/.code=\@placedcapusedtrue\def\@placedcap{#1},
    scaption/.code=\@placedscapusedtrue\def\@placedscap{#1},
    font/.store in=\@placedfont,
    captionfont/.store in=\@placedcapfont,
    font/.code=\@placedfontusedtrue\def\@placedfont{#1},
    captionfont/.code=\@placedcfontusedtrue\def\@placedcapfont{#1},
}

\newenvironment{placedtabular}[2][]{%
    \par\medskip\noindent\begin{minipage}{\textwidth}%
        \pgfkeys{/placedt, default, #1}%
        \if@placedleft%
            \@placedrest=\textwidth%
            \advance\@placedrest by -\@placedpadding%
            \hskip\@placedpadding%
            \begin{minipage}{\@placedrest}%
                \raggedright%
        \else\if@placedmiddle%
            \centering%
        \else\if@placedright%
            \@placedrest=\textwidth%
            \advance\@placedrest by -\@placedpadding%
            \begin{minipage}{\@placedrest}%
                \raggedleft%
        \fi\fi\fi%
        \if@placedcapused%
            {\if@placedcfontused\normalsize\normalfont\@placedcapfont\fi\@placedcap}%
            \if@placedscapused%
                \addcontentsline{lot}{table}{\@placedscap}%
            \else%
                \addcontentsline{lot}{table}{\@placedcap}%
            \fi%
            \\[0.2\baselineskip]%
        \fi%
        \if@placedfontused\normalsize\normalfont\@placedfont\fi%
        \begin{tabular}{#2}%
    }{
        \end{tabular}%
        \if@placedmiddle\else%
            \end{minipage}%
        \fi%
    \end{minipage}%
    }
\makeatother

\newcommand{\leftpadding}{1cm}

\begin{document}
\listoftables

    \chapter{}

    All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in our Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws. The river Garonne separates the Gauls from the Aquitani; the Marne and the Seine separate them from the Belgae. 

    \begin{placedtabular}[caption=Caption,font=\bfseries]{|c|c|}
            \hline
            {Alfa}
            & {Bravo}
            \\\hline

            {Charlie}
            & {Delta}
            \\\hline
    \end{placedtabular}

    \medskip\begin{adjustwidth}{\leftpadding}{0cm}
        \raggedright{Caption}\\
        \renewcommand*{\arraystretch}{1.4}
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}[c]{|c|c|}

            \hline
            {Alfa}
            & {Bravo}
            \\\hline

            {Charlie}
            & {Delta}
            \\\hline

        \end{tabular}
    \end{adjustwidth}

    \bigskip
    Of all these, the Belgae are the bravest, because they are furthest from the civilization and refinement of [our] Province, and merchants least frequently resort to them, and import those things which tend to effeminate the mind.

    \begin{placedtabular}[caption={Another\protect\\Caption}]{|c|c|}
            \hline
            {Longer Echo}
            & {Long Foxtrot}
            \\\hline

            {Golf}
            & {Hotel}
            \\\hline
    \end{placedtabular}
    \begin{placedtabular}[caption=Another Caption]{|c|c|}
            \hline
            {Longer Echo}
            & {Long Foxtrot}
            \\\hline

            {Golf}
            & {Hotel}
            \\\hline
    \end{placedtabular}
    \medskip\begin{adjustwidth}{\leftpadding}{0cm}
        \raggedright{Another Caption}\\
        \renewcommand*{\arraystretch}{1.4}
        \footnotesize\begin{tabular}[c]{|c|c|}

            \hline
            {Longer Echo}
            & {Long Foxtrot}
            \\\hline

            {Golf}
            & {Hotel}
            \\\hline

        \end{tabular}
    \end{adjustwidth}

    \bigskip
    They are the nearest to the Germans, who dwell beyond the Rhine, with whom they are continually waging war; for which reason the Helvetii also surpass the rest of the Gauls in valor.

\end{document}
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  • Looks exactly the real thing so far, thanks! It takes some grokking, though. Meanwhile, would you be so kind as to supply centered and right justified (0.5cm, say, from the right margin) usages of the placedtabular environment? It is not obvious, at least to me :) . Apr 20, 2017 at 19:01
  • I got it! The place is either left, or middle or right. The only problem left: how am I supposed to get rid of Table x.y: prefix? The prefix is a good thing, but I don't want it for a particular document. Apr 20, 2017 at 19:15
  • Thank you very much for an exhaustive answer! It's more than expected. Apr 20, 2017 at 19:37
  • This is curious. I accepted. I've got a green check with a tooltip Click to undoo acceptance.... It's nothing short of a gem of a perfect answer, robust and debugged :) . Now that you mention things missing: how am I supposed to break the caption into two or more lines? `\\\` messes things up (though break them it does). Apr 21, 2017 at 11:33
  • 16 hours ago, the tooltip says. Apr 21, 2017 at 11:45

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